6 Things You Didn’t Know About Caviar

written by Jeannette Musembi 13th May 2014


If you think that seafood just got super weird, then clearly you have not had the privilege of tasting fresh caviar.

Caviar is a delicacy consisting of salt-cured fish-egg.

I remember the first time I had caviar.

I’d heard so much about it, this mysterious luxury: tiny black pearls so exquisite in flavor and texture that people paid through the nose for just a drop.

Then, I tasted it.

And i thought to myself, is this it?

Surely, few people fall for caviar upon first bite. I was clearly not one of those people!

It takes those second, third and fourth bites to get it. Then, it’s like, Woah, where have you been all my life!

Long banned in the U.S., this phenomenal food is now available for purchase, but to truly appreciate it you need to know more.


1. Caviar is one of the oldest delicacies

Before raw oysters, before Champagne, before even truffles were deemed a delicacy, caviar was coveted by kings and the aristocracy. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Russian tsars were all known to splurge on caviar.


2. Caviar is judged on its color, flavor, texture and maturity

The finest, most expensive caviars are older, larger eggs that are lighter in color. Lower quality caviar is younger, with a less intensely fishy flavor, and darker in color. It’s a good thing, too, for caviar newbies, who are more likely to start on the cheaper, milder stuff.

Kelp Caviar on Potatos-0

3. Caviar lasts more than a day

Because it’s technically cured fish, caviar has a decent shelf-life, even after it’s opened. Store it in the coldest part of your refrigerator, as close to the freezer as possible, and it should stay fresh for about a month.


4. Caviar is like wine

Caviar junkies and VIPs will seek out reserve caviar, the rarest and most expensive of all caviars. In the Middle Ages, many countries had laws that required the finest caviar to be reserved for the monarchy. Reserve caviar would have been that caviar.



5. Caviar is like Prozac

Historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Hey, wouldn’t you feel better if someone gave you caviar? It’s not as fishy as it sounds: recent studies show that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – caviar is rich in omega-3s – may alleviate symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.


6. Caviar is like Viagra

It was also prescribed for impotence. Hey, now.


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